keep in mind that removing the finish from a black swinger will not give you the nice brushed finish of the 04 swinger. you'll end up with raw aluminum and would have to finish and clear the raw finish to obtain the nice look of the 04
I had done that a few years ago. Stripped the black off, blasted, sanded, and scoth-brite it to my liking and then used automotive trim clear paint on it. You would have to be very detailed oriented to try and match the 04' OEM silver finish.
Worked pretty good but eventually I wanted it to match the frame better.
My :twocents . Maybe finish prep it to a certain degree and find someplace to anodize it clear.
To answer the main question...Plug off or thread in screws to cover all the holes and have it bead blasted.
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